Former Brent education chief Gwenneth Rickus dies at 89

Gwen Rickus with her CBE

Gwen Rickus with her CBE - Credit: Archant

A former of director of education at Brent Council who went on to have a building named after her has died at the age of 89.

Gwenneth Rickus Building in Brentfield Road, Neasden

Gwenneth Rickus Building in Brentfield Road, Neasden - Credit: Archant

Gwenneth Rickus CBE was appointed the post in 1971 and during her 13 years in the borough she was at the heart of a catalogue of projects with the Queen recognising her for her services to education in 1981.

An ex-teacher, Ms Rickus was previously appointed as the chief assistant to Willesden borough’s education department which later merged with Wembley to become Brent Council in 1965.

When she retired in March 1984 a special tribute concert was held at Preston Manor School in Wembley.

The Gwenneth Rickus building in Brentfield Road, Neasden, was named in her honour and the site, a former pupil referral unit, is currently used by Leopold School in Harlesden.


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Ms Rickus’ funeral will take place February 17 at Bournemouth Crematorium, Strouden Avenue BH8 9HX, at 2.15pm.

Tea and cake afterwards will be served after at Tyrrells Ford hotel, Avon, Nr. Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 7BH.

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The family have requested no flowers instead donations can be made to RNLI c/o the funeral directors, W Smith and Sons, Ringwood Rd, Bransgore.

Telephone number 01425 674595.

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